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EKOE presents results and future solutions of robotic ISR networks for NATO at the event in Virginia Beach (USA).

On 24-28 October 2016 CMRE participated in the Technology for Information, Decision and Execution (TIDE) superiority initiative organised every year by the Allied Command for Transformation (ACT). The purpose of the event series is to rapidly improve NATO Alliance Information Technology (IT) capabilities by reusing existing systems or components and by steering current and future projects towards greater openness and cooperation within a common framework.

CMRE was invited to present achievements from its Glider Command and Control (GliderC2) capability exercised during the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) 2016. These activities, successfully showed an effective interoperable near real-time solution for improved underwater battlespace characterisation. These inputs were then used by scientists from the Centre’s Environmental Knowledge and Operational Effectiveness (EKOE) programme to improve and enhance NATO Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA).

Results show that the use of robotic networks has a high potential to improve ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and METOC (Meteorology and Oceanography) capabilities. CMRE has been developing research on underwater and satellite communications for robots, as well as on underwater Gliders Command and Control (C2) solutions and data provision options both for ISR and METOC. In a tough and risky environment, unmanned surface and underwater robots are suitable to conduct safe, reliable, cost-effective, and continuous ISR operations, which ultimately creates a force-multiplying effect without exposing humans to risks with applications to both military and civilian use. Information superiority to NATO and Nations can be delivered through knowledge derived from these networks . Challenges to make these technologies meet the requirements of operational capabilities, working without human interaction in a coalition, were discussed at the TIDE Sprint Fall 2016 Conference in Virginia Beach, USA. Identified requirements included unmanned robotic solutions for NATO, interoperability and standards, deployment and recovery of platforms, limitations for communications, and C2 approaches for remote/reach-back operations.

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